Seal Bay Conservation Park is one of the most popular attractions on Kangaroo Island, drawing thousands of visitors to the south of the island every year. No two days are the same at Seal Bay, every tour will provide a unique experience. The sea lions were so entertaining watch, especially the babies with their little personalities, playing and fighting with each other and chasing their friends around. Seal Bay is the only place in the world where visitors are able to enter a wild colony of approximately 1,000 Australian Sea Lions – one of the rarest species in the world. The colony at Seal Bay is the third largest sea lion colony in Australia.
The Australian Sea Lions in Seal Bay are not domesticated, with no cages or enclosures in the wild colony and no expectation placed on the animals. They are completely free to come and go as they please and their location and behaviour changes from day to day. The sea lions are not the only highlight of Seal Bay, with the stunning white sand crystal clear beach providing a destination all of it’s own. During winter sea lions like to move back into the sand dunes for warmth, so you can often find them in the strangest places!
The only way to get right up close to the sea lions is by paying for a guided tour. This ensures that the sea lions aren’t overwhelmed by a large number of people or mistreated by visitors who aren’t being supervised. The Seal Bay Experience provides a guided tour where you can walk right off the platform and onto the beach. You are able to get up close and personal with these interesting animals and learn all about their lifestyle and behaviour from the conservation guides. The tour runs for 45 minutes and also includes a self-guided tour of the boardwalk. Tours run every 45 minutes from 9am to 4pm, with additional tours added on long weekends and school holidays in summer and autumn. Ticket are $33 per adult, with discount tickets available for concessions, children and families.
If you’re hoping for a less crowded experience try and visit before 11am or after 1pm. Guided tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and extreme weather conditions may affect tour access and duration. Seal Bay was one of my favourite places on Kangaroo Island, and there was definitely no shortage of cheeky sea lions moving around the beach. It’s a must do if you’re visiting KI!
Seal Bay Conservation Park
Seal Bay Road, Kangaroo Island
South Australia, 5221
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